Buy Choice Privileges Points With A 40% Bonus

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Through February 5, 2018, Choice Privileges is offering a 40% bonus on the purchase of points.

The promotion is valid as long as you buy at least 5,000 points in one transaction, and you can buy at most 50,000 points through this promotion. Points should post to your account within 24 hours. If you buy 50,000 points then you’d receive a total of 70,000 points for $550, which is a cost of ~0.79 cents per point.

Lately Choice seems to be offering discounts on purchased points more frequently, and when they do, typically we see either 30% off or a 40% bonus. While the 30% discount gives you a slightly better cent per point cost, the 40% bonus is more useful if you want to buy more points, since you’re capped at buying 50,000 points per year, pre-bonus.

In the past Travis has written about why he thinks Choice points are worth buying. Specifically, Choice has an impressive footprint in Northern Europe, where hotels can otherwise be expensive. Travis has redeemed at hotels like the Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret and the Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion, which cost 16,000 points per night. If you bought the points for those stays through this promotion, it would be the equivalent of paying ~$126 per night, which is quite a good deal.

However, there’s one quirk to be aware of when it comes to redeeming — if you don’t have status you can only book at most 30 days out for US and Canada properties, and 60 days out for other properties. This promotion isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly a niche program that will have value for some.

Choice Privileges points purchases are processed by, meaning they don’t count as airfare spend for the purposes of your credit card. If you buy miles you’ll want to first use a card where you’re meeting minimum spend, and then use a card which maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American ExpressCiti® Double Cash Card, etc.

Does anyone plan on buying Choice Privileges points with a 40% bonus?

(Tip of the hat to YHBU)

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  1. I see this as a way to top off a balance, not to get free hotel stays from an originally zero balance in one’s account.

    I recently redeemed 10,000 points for a Quality Inn airport hotel in a major US city. (ha ha, I’m almost afraid to admit it because, in contrast, Lucky flies business class and stays at nice hotels!) If I spend $550 for 70,000 points, that would be $78 for 10,000 points. If I paid for the free night, it would have been slightly higher than $78 but not that much higher. Nearby, there was a Microtel for slightly less than $78, which is an option if one wants the cheapest room short of sleeping in the car.

    As Lucky advises in a recent column to buy Alaska miles only if you have a planned use, that same advice is true for CP points.

  2. The colossal award-night blackout is a real killer – if you buy the points today you’ll find every night blacked out for awards from 16 March through EOS. So if you’re planning a summer vacation, these points are ABSOLUTELY USELESS.

  3. Here is the killer ” there’s one quirk to be aware of when it comes to redeeming — if you don’t have status you can only book at most 30 days out …”..
    It is not a “quirk” as you tried to minimize it. It is a real deal killer for most of the popular desinations.
    Shame on you Lucky for trying to minimize this major drawback and pushing for AMEX credit card clicks..

  4. I transferred to United last November when they offered the bonus/discount.
    Let’s don’t forget that Choice transfers to Southwest and those miles count toward the Companion Pass

  5. I used them to get cheap United miles last year when a good conversion rate plu discount was offered. But at 5000 to 1000 is no deal.

  6. I haven’t had trouble booking awards. One was in Los Angeles in August. Another was definitely off-season, a Quality Inn airport hotel in October. Yet another was March for a few days, which is popular for spring break, but in the not so popular city of San Antonio, Texas.

    But maybe there are hard to book periods?

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